Spin legend Shane Warne feels frustrated with the current state of affairs in Australian cricket and has offered a helping hand on Friday (November 8) to his country's embattled governing body to pull Cricket Australia out of trouble by offering his services to the board.
Warner further went on to question Cricket Australia for not seeking the formal help of former stars like Glenn McGrath and Michael Clarke, suggesting the board to make the better use of the former cricketers' experience and knowledge to bring Australian cricket back to the great track.
At the moment, Australian cricket is going through a tough phase, as a number of officials have been either sacked or resigned following the ball-tampering scandal and a scathing review on Cricket Australia’s culture as partly contributing to players cheating that came out a week ago.
In a column for Melbourne's Herald Sun, Warne wrote, “In the words of Donald Trump, let's make cricket great again. Cricket Australia is in disarray - fact. CA has lost control and sight of what it was trying to achieve, to make cricket Australia's favorite sport. That was its slogan and it was right but it has lost its way and thankfully heads are starting to roll.”
Meanwhile, the legendary leg-spinner also said that he is ready to help in a formal basis if required to Australian board and insisted that former players needed to play a bigger part in steering the sport in the country.
He further added, “I put my hand up to (outgoing team performance boss) Pat Howard a few times, told him I was available if they needed me. I've always been happy to get involved in any role if Cricket Australia thought I could help the team. I'm sure all the ex-players would be the same. And I'm more than happy to help in a formal basis if required.”
The Aussie also questioned why retired stars such as Clarke had not been appointed as a batting consultant or McGrath to help the fast bowlers.
He added, “We've got a lot of spinners coming through who I've helped in an informal role. And I'm more than happy to help in a formal basis if required. Why not ask Glenn McGrath, offer him a contract to help with the fast bowlers. We are not playing the Australian way at the moment, at any level.”
Warne signed off by saying that "we just think we are going to produce cricketers" but claimed that it would not happen until the right people were involved at the system and the right environment was put in place to make things clear and produce quality players and up the level of game in the country.
(With Agence France-Presse Inputs)